H e a r t S o n s & H e a r t D a u g h t e r s of A l l e n G i n s b e r g
N a p a l m H e a l t h S p a : R e p o r t 2 0 1 4 : A r c h i v e s E d i t i o n
T’s older brother, Japanese
- devoted to his mother -
T once found his brother
close to the television late at night
jacking off to hot starlet
Melanie Griffith’s BODY DOUBLE.
After stomach cancer, the brother
watched the Food Channel
The 85 year old mother nursed him through chemo,
went out & got him the fast food he craved
when he could eat –
canned enchilada, McDonald’s –
his diet for decades –
all the stuff the probably killed him.
One morning the brother couldn’t rouse
the exhausted mother
and pulled his own corpse
to the huge family car –
bald, no eyebrows, gaunt, shrunken, pale –
cruising into the McDonald’s Drive-Through
like the horror comics Cryptkeeper
for his pancakes.
When he died, there were Buddhist ceremonies, of course –
the mother found herself in McDonald’s
buying a hamburger in his memory
but tears wouldn’t stop
convulsing her tiny frame –
she had to leave that final burger
for his ghost.
[Originally published in NHS 2005, http://www.poetspath.com/napalm/nhs05/marc_olmsted.html.]